State Politics

NASHVILLE — After watching anti-gay rights activist Mark Clayton unexpectedly capture the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2012, a state party panel is anxious to avoid a repeat in the governor's race this year.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to let for-profit companies run public charter schools failed Thursday morning in a House panel after Republican Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, a long-time champion of charters, spoke against it.

NASHVILLE — Legislation ending Tennessee's 59-year-old "forced annexation" law is heading for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk after overwhelmingly passing the House on Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — As Tennessee's legislative session winds down in coming weeks, time also may be running out for the General Assembly to approve an incentive package to spur more production at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.

Volkswagen was offered about $300 million in financial incentives by Tennessee economic development officials to attract a new vehicle line to the Chattanooga plant and a new American VW headquarters that could bring 1,350 jobs, documents show.

NASHVILLE — Planned state worker and teacher pay raises in July disappeared Monday into a revenue sinkhole with Gov. Bill Haslam announcing he will disrupt his own plans on salaries and make other cuts to address shortfalls largely in business tax collections.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says he will introduce a bill today to eliminate illegal, abusive training practices for Tennessee walking horses — and he hopes to bridge a divide between a widely supported set of existing House and Senate bills and the $3.2 billion industry.

NASHVILLE — After two local legislators began moving a "sledgehammer" of a bill in the General Assembly as an attention-getter, officials say Tennessee American Water Co. now is working closely with Hamilton County officials on resolving issues over local sewer fee billing.

ATLANTA — Georgia is undoubtedly a conservative-leaning state.

There is a battle boiling in Georgia. One side has politicians and well-crafted arguments.

Former dairy executive Scottie Mayfield says 3rd District congressional candidate Weston Wamp secretly recorded a conversation they had when Wamp came to his home to talk him out of supporting U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the August Republican primary.

State senators on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the most far-reaching change ever in Tennessee's nearly 60-year-old annexation laws, teeing up the bill for final passage next week on the House floor.

NASHVILLE — State senators on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to bar automatic teller machines (ATMs) located near businesses providing bail bonds, tattoos and body piercing from dispensing cash to people with welfare benefit cards.

A medicinal oil made from marijuana that won't get you high — but has parents moving to Colorado where it's used to treat children suffering from hundreds of potentially fatal seizures each week — won't be allowed in Georgia this year.

NASHVILLE — With the Haslam administration’s approval, a House panel on Wednesday passed a weaker version of Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill limiting sales of pseudophedrine-based cold medicines used to “cook” illegal meth.

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